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The Christian platonists of Alexandria


Published 1886
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Publisher Oxford : Clarendon ; New York : Macmillan
Pages 344
Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language English
Call number srlf_ucla:LAGE-728164
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Book contributor University of California Libraries
Collection cdl; americana

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Reviewer: a e b - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2013
Subject: An old Standby
Bigg's first edition was 1886, his second in 1913, and there was a 1968 reprint incorporating his notes. Bigg looks at Philo of Alexandria, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen (Alexandria and Caesarea). As such, he has a lot of good material, even if it is a bit out of date. Then Bigg looks at what he calls "enlightened paganism", by which he means pagan philosophers. I think his analysis of Philostratus, Porphyry, etc. is insightful. He also shows the influence Judaism and Christianity were having upon the paganism that was attacking them. However, I think that Bigg's enlightened paganism was not held by the common people. This is a good book, although it should be read in conjunction with a more recent analysis of Alexandrian thought.
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